Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Still Hot

Maybe we will see this tomorrow. There's a 40% chance of thunderstorms with a high of 93. It reached 100 again today as it did yesterday and the day before. Time for another edition of sibling and children's weather for Thursday:
Fayetteville 91 20% Thunderstorms
El Dorado 96 20% Thunderstorms Heat Index 107
Fairhope 88 60% Thunderstorms
Plano 98 30% Thunderstorms
Worse Weather: Too Hot Baghdad 107 Sunny
Death Valley 120 Sunny
Too Cold Resolute, Nunavut 46 Sunny
Vostok, Antarctica -81 Cloudy/Snow
Just Right Sydney 70 Partly Cloudy

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Been Gone

Had to leave town for a few days. I had some hard work to do. I'm back now and will share other pictures in the future. It was hot while I was gone with highs reaching 100 on Saturday. Today it was 99 at my house but a stray afternoon storms cooled thing off at both airports.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Hello Dolly

"Well hello Dolly ..... You're lookin swell Dolly" Yes. Dolly has become a cat one hurricane.

Today was suppose to be another 100 degreer here ... but scattered storms popped up during the afternoon and it stayed in the low 90's in west LR. We even got a little rain (.20) this evening. Maybe another chance tomorrow.

Sunday, July 20, 2008


First day to reach 100 degrees. Hot, Hot, Hot. Tomorrow promises to be just as hot.
Also take note that we have a new tropical storm .... Dolly

Saturday, July 19, 2008


Last night I was checking the Earthquake Information site and noticed there had been a 7.0 quake off the coast of Japan. That made me think of Tsunamis and from the earthquake site I found a link to a couple of warning sites. Here is the one of most interest to the US operated by NOAA. I haven't had a lot of time to explore the site, but I have book marked it for future reference. While visiting Hawaii a couple of years ago I found it interesting that all the towns along the coast had warning sirens. At first I wondered why they would need to worry about tornadoes, the it dawned on me they were for tidal waves. A powerful earthquake off the coast of South America in 1960 resulted in a devastating Tsunami at Hilo that killed more than 60 and destroyed over 500 homes. Here's more on that event. By the way...that quake was the most powerful ever estimated as high as 8.5. It was stronger than the Alaska quake of 1964 and the New Madrid quakes of the early 1800's.

As for our weather....nothing new, except there is a slight chance of scattered late afternoon thundershowers. Typical for Summer. Highs in the mid 90's and lows in the low 70's.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Golf Weather

The 137th British Open is underway outside of Liverpool. Players looked a little chilled today. Check out the forecast from the MetOffice weather service in the UK. It's the equivalent of the US National Weather Service. This particular page is rather bland...just like the British.
Our weather has turned into the dog days of summer. I guess it could be worse. Humidity levels are not as bad as I've seen in the past. Highs are in the mid 90's and lows near 70. No rain for the next 7 days. Run those sprinklers!
OK...again I need help. No matter what I do I can't get space between my paragraphs. Does anyone have a suggestion. I'm frustrated and may just terminate this blog out of frustration!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Hot Weather Can Make You Thirsty

Not a bad picture for shooting thru a glass door.
Highs in the low 90's and lows in the low 60's. It could be worse. Those dog days of summer are starting to set in. We even have an pollution alert. No sign of rain for the next several days.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Weekend Visit

Sunbeam picture from my sister Kelly. Speaking of Kelly....she was here in town Saturday for a friend's birthday party and decided to stay or our house for the evening. It was great to do some catching up.
As for the weather....Very warm and Humid sums it up. We had about a quarter of an inch on Friday. Saturday was Hot until storms moved just north of us and cooled things down a bit. We woke to light rain this morning but only got about .20 of precip. A cool front did manage to move past us and tonight we should drop into the mid 60s. Monday may not get out of the 80's.
Keep an eye on the hurricane page. Another storm may form out in the Atlantic within a couple of days.
I also need help here....I can't seem to make a space between my paragraphs. It still comes out crammed together. What am I doing wrong?

Thursday, July 10, 2008

More Rain

It's been a rainy July so far. Is I mentioned in an earlier post we got over 2.00 of rain over the 4th. Yesterday saw about a quarter inch during a midday storm and today we had an early afternoon storm that dumped another quarter inch here. Central Little Rock picked up more than an inch and was under a flash flood warning for awhile. Still have a light rain falling as of this posting. Most important, it means a couple more days without running the sprinkler.

Two of the local channels had news stories this morning on Kilauea erupting with vivid footage of spurting lava and bright orange river of molten rock. I anxiously checked the Kilauea website and didn't find anything out of the ordinary. You might want to keep a watch.

A bit of explanation on today's photo. It's from the same place as the the picture behind the title of this blog. This is by far the best place to snowmobile in the west. You take CO 91 south out of Copper Mountain (on I-70) and climb up to the extreme southwest corner of Summit County. From there you snowmobile (redneck entertainment in the high country) up into Eagle County to an elevation of about 12000 feet ... up above the tree line. Breckenridge is over the mountains in the background. And off to the right and just up the road is the town of Climax on the continental divide. It's just beyond that where you will find the headwaters of the Arkansas River. At a later date I'll show a photo or two from the historic town of Leadville that sits on the Arkansas.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Summer is officially here

As you well know ... I hate summer ... especially when it is very humid. Yesterday and today the heat and the humidity found each other. Today was 94 with the heat index reaching 100. The only good news is there's a chance of rain tomorrow and tomorrow night. We'll see.

I always like to pass along interesting sites from time to time. Today's link is to the USGS earthquake information center. This is the best place to go if the ground shakes. Red indicates a quake in the last hour, blue in the last day, and yellow in the last week.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Wet Holiday

I can't remember a fourth of July that was this wet. Lots of rain on Friday and Saturday. Yesterday afternoon we had a huge thunderstorm just to the south of us in Saline County. We still managed to get 1.50 inches of rain. The clouds and rain kept the high to just 86, which occured early afternoon. No rain the the forecast for today with a high expected in the low 90s.

On another note, TS Bertha continues to move westward. She could reach Hurricane status early in the week. Here is the latest from the NHC. Just move your mouse over the Bertha symbol and click for more information.

The picture in this post is of a sunset in the eye of a hurricane. Very colorful!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Another 4th come and gone

We spent most of the 4th re-working a bed on the west side of the house, It wasn't that hot, but boy was it humid. High was only 86, that that was because of a thunderstorm at mid-afternoon. We ended up with just under a half inch of rain.

I can see a big thunderhead a couple of counties north with the early morning sun making it glow like it has an orange light bulb inside. Where us your camera when you need it. Maybe next time.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Atlantic Storm

The second tropical storm of the season has formed near the coast of Africa. Probably won't reach us...but here is a link to the Accuweather Hurricane page.

Here, we are getting a thunderstorm as of this posting. About .20 of rain has fallen. There is another bigger storm to the west. We have a 50% shot at more storms tomorrow. It was more humid today with highs around 90.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008


Still fairly comfortable....mostly sunny with highs in the upper 80s and lows in the 60s. Humidity is staying fairly low for this time of year. Should be a little warmer tomorrow with a chance of showers Friday and Saturday. I know the hot weather is just around the corner....or at least in Texas.

Check out this site for the latest Mars mission. Take a look at the weather on the red planet.